Publisher’s Letter: Thanks, Fred—Paddle-Out Scheduled for Sunday

For the past 50 years or so, Fred Swegles, a one-of-a-kind storyteller, memorialized our community’s most important moments for all of us and future generations through his writings and photographs. As per Fred’s wishes, according to his family, there will be no formal memorial services. However, with their permission, Norb Garrett, publisher of Picket Fence Media, and others have rallied to organize a memorial paddle-out to remember Fred this coming Sunday at 3 p.m. on the north side of the San Clemente Pier.

Dana Point ROCKS: Ohana Wraps, REDO Next

From the minute The Alive took the stage to open the recent Ohana Festival weekend from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, the rock and roll party at Doheny State Beach was on, Anthony Small remembers. In his latest Dana Point ROCKS column, Small recaps some of the highlights of the festival and looks ahead to the upcoming REDO Vintage and Maker’s Market at the end of the month.

The Big Dig: Widening I-5 for HOV Lanes

Political commentator Craig Keshishian authors a guest column this month to write about his concerns and findings with OCTA’s and Caltrans’ $230 million project proposal to widen the 5 Freeway from Avenida Pico to the county line as part of a traffic relief effort to add HOV lanes.